In the summer, when the rivers are getting shallower, and the water is more transparent, catching trout with spinning is a difficult art.
Before I started fishing with an artificial fly, the summer months were always a hard test of my fishing skills. At that time, our little river was always carrying so little water, that the trout "scrub" their bellies on the bottom. The water was becoming so transparent, that the handworm larvae often got "sunstroke". In such conditions, catching the brown stream with spinning became very difficult. I also had an impression many times, that the light reflections of the spinner scared the fish away, instead of arousing their interest. The total lack of bites forced me to look for new solutions. I started using very small centrifuges, for which I had some bites, but they were mostly undersized fish. I have noticed, that during the greatest heat waves, trout preferred such places for their positions, which would guarantee them the highest possible content of atmospheric oxygen in the water. So they often stood in the biggest rapids of the river. I've also had bites in places, which at other times of the year seemed completely fishless. Perhaps it was because of this, that when the water level was high, the spinner was not always able to penetrate them effectively.
Brown trout almost always stand under branches dangling into the water or among the tangled roots of coastal trees. These places best protect the fish from sunlight. I will never forget the trout stand for the rest of my life, which stuck in my memory with its peculiar smell…
On the very nicely shaded bank of the Prum River, I noticed a deer carcass lying. The decaying remains of the animal lay close to the water.
Normally I would avoid this place due to the large amount of flies and the bad smell. However, it happened otherwise, because earlier I noticed a trout floating there. On the third throw, I managed to pull out a magnificent stream brook, which probably owed its excellent condition to white worms, that fell into the water at this point. I released this trout without any resistance.
But let's go back to the sun standing at its zenith. Silver and gold bitters shine like neon in the sun. I achieved better results only with completely black spinners. They work well enough for the side line of the fish, stimulating them to attack, and their color does not raise suspicions.
Trouts always line up with their heads against the tide. Thus, they are waiting for their prey, which "pops in” them straight into their mouths. A spinner led slowly upstream stays in the fish's field of view longer. This gives the trout the opportunity to get a close look at it. Experienced arts then often give up their attack at the slightest suspicion. The spinner with the flow appears unexpectedly, forcing the trout to take it immediately, reflexive, decision. There is no time for caution here, because the "prey" is about to run away. The angler approaching the trout from the tail is also less visible. That is why in the summer I almost always took the bait downstream. The line must be well taut due to the necessity of immediate hooking at the moment of biting. Such guidance of the spinner often causes snags, however, it does increase the number of bites. Not all of them can be jammed due to the speed of the lure. But the most important thing is this, that there are bites at all. In high summer I achieved the best results in small rivers after switching to fly fishing.